This man called Jesus, I’m sure you knew,
was not a Christian but a Jew.
Whose name was Joshua in his life,
renamed after decades of strife.
T’was as a Jew he lived and died,
and as a Jew was crucified.
His followers, they too were Jews
as were those who spread his news.
And then came Saul, another Jew,
who separated us from you
When it was that he surmised,
that Christians need not be circumcised,
And with that simple alteration,
Christians became a separate nation.
For circumcision, though not new,
was the mark of God to make a Jew.
T’was fine for babes but eight days old,
but to a man was much too bold.
And so conversions first to Jews,
the only way to live his news,
Gave way to simpler rituals and thence to other victuals
Until it was the ties that bind
had been lost to all mankind.
Where once a Christian one would be,
first be a Jew was faiths decree.
Whether one be sister or brother,
you must first be one before the other,
Were it not for Saul’s decree,
t’would be the same with you and me,
Whether we be called Christians or Jews,
a common heritage infuse.
In our lives to seek the same;
t’is brotherhood by any name.
Dwight Owen Schweitzer 2007